Roy's Library

Books That Have Impacted Me

Leaders are readers. If you study highly successful leaders in their field, who have sustained excellence over long periods of time – a common denominator in all of their success is that they are readers. From U.S. Presidents to business icons to world-changing innovators and creatives…they are all readers. 

I wasn’t a very good reader when I was growing up. I would occasionally read books, but I wasn’t an avid reader at all.

A little over 20 years ago, I heard Pat Williams, an author, speaker, and a Senior Vice-President for the NBA Orlando Magic challenge us to read from a book one hour a day. He said if we did that, we’d read about a book a week, and 52 in a year!

Being a competitive person, I decided to accept his challenge, and to say that it changed my life, personally and professionally, would be an understatement. It has become a much-loved habit!

I have an intense growth mindset, and in all my career stops, I’ve had an intense desire to grow, develop, and learn, both personally and professionally, to become the absolute best that I could be. Reading has played a very key pivotal role in that growth and development.

Reading has become so important to me, that as a college basketball coach, my wife and I underwrote a community-wide program in elementary schools that encouraged students to develop a love for reading, and then rewarding those students that read a certain level of books with free admission to our basketball games, t-shirts, etc.

Even today, as a professional speaker, business leader, and author, I continue to read daily, as well as regularly recommending books for others to read, personally and through my social media accounts.

Many times, people have a desire to know what I am reading, and with the growth of this website, they have requested that I provide a listing of the books that I’ve read. Thus, I have created this page on my website called Roy’s Library.

As we move through 2019, I’ll be adding to the list, and will try to give a brief synopsis of what the book is about. For years past, listed below, I’m simply going to list the book’s title and author. My reading topics are broad, but I’m able to apply everything I read to all aspects of my life.

I hope this is beneficial for you. Read up! Enjoy! Grow, learn, and develop  yourself so that you can Grow Greatness in yourself! Remember Leaders are Readers.


2019


Unleashing Innovation by Nancy Tennant Snyder & Deborah L. Duarte

At the start of the 21st century Whirpool under the leadership of CEO Dave Whitwam made the strategic decision to embed innovation throughout their company, and that resulted in Whirpool transforming an industry. The book uses real life examples in laying out all aspects of embedding innovation throughout your company.

The Orange Revolution by Adrian Robert Gostick

This is a practical guide to building high-performance teams, and shows how “one great team can transform an entire organization.” A book that everyone in business needs to read and study to maximize the different teams in your company.

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Joseph Schwartz

This 60-year old book gives secrets of success in life and business, and although the illustrations are six decades old, this quick read gives you thought provoking ideas to apply to your life and career.

Leading by Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz

The winningest soccer coach ever, with 27 years at the helm of Manchester United, shares the tools to his success and he and Moritz draw out lessons for business and life.

Double Blessing by Mark Batterson

Another life-impacting book from one of my favorite authors, who shows us how to inventory our God-given blessings and then flip them to bless others.

What Matters Now by Gary Hamel

Great book for leaders in how to  build your organization in the midst of relentless change, ferocious competition, and unstoppable innovation.

Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

A must-read for anyone in leadership, or who want to be more productive in their life and business. Duhigg mixes solid research with great stories to go deeper on motivation, teams, focus, goal setting, managing others, decision making, innovation, and absorbing data.

The Best Team Money Can Buy by Molly Knight

This is a fascinating behind the scenes look at the Los Angeles Dodgers after the sale of their ball club in 2012 and into 2015. A great look at organizational development and the innerworkings of a major league franchise.

Wherever I Wind Up by R.A. Dickey

This autobiography from former major league pitcher R.A. Dickey is a heartfelt, open and honest, look at his life from childhood to college stardom to pro baseball where he struggled from being a journeyman to becoming a star pitcher for the New York Mets. A great story!

Playing For Pizza by John Grisham 

This little known fictional Grisham book is a fun summer read about a former NFL back-up quarterback that gets his last shot for the Parma Panthers in Italy.

John Recruit or Die by Chris Resto, Ian Ybarra, & Ramit Sethi

A nice look at how companies can do a better job in recruiting new talent, and how newer or smaller companies can compete against the “big guys” for the best and brightest talent.

Imagine It Forward by Beth Comstock

Former GE and NBC executive uses her life story and real life experiences to demonstrate how to confront change, and become a change maker. Her line “The pace of change in our world will never be slower than it is right now” is alarmingly true!

Developing The Leader Within You 2.0 by John Maxwell

Maxwell took one of his classic books and updated it to further develop and strengthen today’s leaders through key leadership principles and needs.

Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt

Hyatt shows us his Free to  Focus method in maximizing our productivity with a more lifestyle that has a stronger wholeness to it. For a healthy, happier, more productive you – this book helps you find your way!

More Than A Believer by Taylor Edge

A great guide to a disciplined and disciple’s life. Easy to read with depth to help encourage and grow veterans in their faith.

Dream Teams by Shane Snow

Snow looks at a number of “teams” in sports, music, business, and other fields from current day and decades or centuries past – looking at how diverse thought among the teams led to great success, and how success didn’t find teams that lacked diverse thought. Fascinating…from Soviet hockey to Wu Tang Clan.

Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, & Alan Eagle

An incredible look into the life and leadership coach Bill Campbell, whose influence as an executive coach impacted the lives and careers of Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, and other executives from some of the world’s largest companies.

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

One of America’s great historical writers teaches us about the leadership and life of Abraham Lincoln and his unusual hand-picked cabinet that he led through the Civil War and Emancipation. A fascinating book full of incredible leadership lessons!

Extraordinary Influence by Dr. Tim Irwin

A fascinating look at brain science and the powerful impact and influence that affirmation can have. This wonderful combination of scientific research coupled with real life application will help everyone in their roles within relationships, marriages, families, companies, and teams.

Taking People With You by David Novak

The former CEO of Yum! Brands uses this book to share the content of the leadership class that he led for leaders and rising leaders within his companies. Great leadership lessons!

The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter by Ian O’Connor

For 19 seasons, Derek Jeter was the cornerstone leader of the New York Yankees, handling himself and his play in an old-school style that influenced his teammates and baseball alike.

The Education of an Accidental CEO by David Novak with John Boswell

The former CEO of YUM brands takes us from growing up in trailer parks around the country to the C-Suite of some of America’s greatest brands, while impacting the corporate world with a phenomenal recognition plan of great impact with his staff 

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

McCullough is acknowledged as one of our best historical biographers, and he provides an incredible and fascinating look at the two brothers from Ohio that changed world history through their brilliant knowledge and daring persistence to their incredible flying machine.

Focal Point by Brian Tracy

The secret of high achievers is that they understand their “focal point” – and Brian Tracy gives his reader a simple easy-to-use plan to achieve great results in each area of their life.

Legacy by James Kerr

One of the most incredible books on culture that I’ve ever read! Kerr was embedded with one of the greatest teams of all time, and shares how their culture has led to their incredible success, and how their success has fueled their culture.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

I’d been told that this was the very best biography of Steve Jobs, and Isaacson didn’t disappoint, as he painted a detailed picture of a hugely successful innovator and leader with an extremely complex personality.

Sum It Up by Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins

The memoir of the late great Pat Summitt, one of the greatest teachers and coaches in any sport, at any level. I was privileged to know her and be at practices and games to see her greatness.

Eat That Frog! By Brian Tracy

One of America’s top business teachers and speakers provides 21 great ways to stop procrastination. Don’t put off reading this one!!

Fred 2.0 by Mark Sanborn

This is the sequel to Sanborn’s book “The Fred Factor” and it provides applicable examples of real life success found through lessons learned in the first book.

Ask More by Frank Sesno

This shows us that our potential success can be greatly impacted by the power of questions.

The Legends Club by John Feinstein

Written by one of America’s great storytellers, this book looks at three distinctly different leaders, college basketball coaches, who created great highly successful programs all within 20 miles of each other. A fascinating look at over a decade of dueling. 

The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon

Another great book from one of my favorite authors, this looks at real life examples of positive leadership and its impactful influence on the teams, organizations, and businesses, and provides practical methods of leadership development.

More Than A Hobby by David Green

Giving It All Away by David Green

These two outstanding books trace the start of retail giant Hobby Lobby from its humble beginnings as a $900 start up making picture frames in a garage, and the second book is how the Green family’s business success has led to a strategy of life-changing giving

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

A great book to evaluate systems, processes, and efficiencies in your life and career, while providing a broad potential vision for one’s life and career.

Why The Best Are The Best by Kevin Eastman

A championship coach and leader shares lists and ideas that have fueled elite performers’ success, including 25 powerful words that impact, inspire, and define champions

Wealthy Speaker 2.0 by Jane Atkinson

One of the world’s top speaking coaches provides a roadmap to success in this field

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie 

This classic book has provided high-performers, for decades, the skills to be successful in relating to others in work and in life.


2018

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

Higher Waiting by Tyler Perry

The Wisdom of Teams by Jon R. Katzenbach & Douglas K. Smith

Gridiron Genius by Michael Lombardi

Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino

Sprinkles by Chip R. Bell

Irresistible by Andy Stanley

A Wrestling Life – Inspiring Stories From Dan Gable by Dan Gable

A Father First by Dwayne Wade

One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams by Ken Blanchard, 

    Eunice Parisi-Carew and Donald Carew

Drive For Five by Christopher Price

What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan

Originals by Adam Grant

High Output Management by Andrew Grove

Shaken by Tim Tebow & A.J. Gregory

Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow & Nathan Whitaker

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Head Ball Coach by Steve Spurrier & Buddy Martin

Extreme You by Sarah Robb O’Hagan

The Secret by Ken Blanchard

The Storyteller’s Secret by Carmine Gallo

7 Men and The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

The Golden Rules by Bob Bowman & Charles Butler

Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick Lencioni

Platform: How To Get Noticed In A Noisy World by Michael S. Hyatt

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

The Go Giver by Bob Burg

How Winning Works by Robin Benincasa

Theodore Roosevelt A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey by Ken Blanchard, Hal Burrows, 

   William Oncken

What Makes A Leader Great by Russ Crosson

Getting To Us: How Great Coaches Make Great Teams by Seth Davis

Great By Choice by Jim Collins

50 Inventions That Shaped The Modern Economy by Tim Harford

Chipper Jones Ballplayer by Chipper Jones & Carroll Rogers Walton

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

The Business Card by Dr. Steve O. Steff & Scott Gajewsky

Leading With A Noble Purpose by Lisa Earl McLeod

Captains Class by Sam Walker

Teammate by David Ross & Don Yaeger

Fight by Craig Groeschel

Boss Talk by The Editors of the Wall Street Journal

The Warrior Within by Pat Williams

Traction by Gino Wickman

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

The Cub’s Way by Tom Verducci

Unscripted by Ernie Johnson Jr.

No Plan B by Mark Kiszla

The Last Arrow by Erwin McManus

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

For The Glory by Duncan Hamilton

The Lombardi Rules by Vince Lombardi Jr.

Overrated by Eugene Cho

Bo’s Lasting Lessons On Leadership by Bo Schembechler & John U. Bacon


2017

Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Scaling Up Excellence by Hayagreeva Rao & Robert I. Sutton

Death By Meeting by Patrick Lencioni

Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

The Leadership Game by Tom Mullins

Winning Every Day by Lou Holtz

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson

The Change Monster by Jeanie Daniel Duck

Fit For Life by Harvey Diamond

Relentless by Tim S. Grover

Living With A Seal by Jessie Itzler

Above The Line by 

Urban Meyer & Wayne R. Coffey

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

American Icon by Bryce G. Hoffman

Superbosses by Sydney Finkelstein

Whisper by Mark Batterson

The Search For God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield

The Way of the Shark by Gerg Norman

The $6000 Egg by Todd & Deb Duncan

Reagan’s Journey by Margot Morrell

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

The Soul of Service by Leonard Berry

Players First by John Calipari & Michael Sokolove

The Yankee Years by Joe Torre & Tom  Verducci

Greatness, The 16 Characteristics of True Champions by Don Yeager

Remarkable! Maximizing Results Through Value Creation By Dr. Randy Ross  

  & David Salyers

The Dark Side of the Game by TJ Green

Play The Man by Mark Batterson

More Than A Game by Brian Billick

Working In Sync by Whit Mitchell

You Herd Me by Colin Cowherd

Man In The Mirror by Patrick Morley

Fun Is Good by Mike Veeck

Who’s Holding Your Ladder? by Samuel R. Chand

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Damn Few by Rorke Denver & Ellis Henican

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Training Camp by Jon Gordon

Soup by Jon Gordon

It’s Your Ship by D. Michael Abrashoff

Lead…For God’s Sake by Todd Gongwer

The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn

The Essential Wooden by John Wooden & Steve Jamison

Flight Plan by Brian Tracy

One on One: Behind The Scenes with the Greats in the Game by 

       Jon Feinstein & David de Vries 


2016

Gospel of Freedom by Jonathan Rieder

Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson & Ken Peterson

Dare To Serve by Cheryl Bachelder

People Over Profit by Dale Partridge

Start by Jon Acuff

More Than A Season: Building A Championship Culture by Dayton Moore, 

       Matt Fulks, Alex Gordon

Double Play by Ben Zobrist, Julianna Zobrist, Mike Yorkey

Help The Helper by Kevin Pritchard & John Eliot

How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Beyond Basketball by Mike Krzyzewski & Jamie K. Spatola

The Gold Standard: Building A World Class Team by Mike Krzyzewski

Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing The Hidden Power of Adversity by 

Drew Brees

Decide Your Destination by Chad Merrill

Customer Loyalty Guaranteed by Chip R. Bell

Hard Hat by Jon Gordon

Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley

A Standup Comic Sits Down With Jesus by Rich Praytor

Motivation to Excellence by Elliott Johnson

Chase The Lion by Mark Batterson

The Game of Work by Charles A. Conradt

3 Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick Lencioni

Bounce Back by John Calipari

Service Magic by Chip R. Bell

Magnetic Service by Chip R. Bell

Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles

Customer Love by Chip R. Bell

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

Tribes by Seth Godin

All In – What It Takes To Be The Best by Gene Chizik & David Thomas

Teammates Matter by Alan Williams

Creating Magic by Lee Cockerell

The Seed by Jon Gordon

Touchdown Alexander by Shaun Alexander & Cecil Murphey

Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute

The Closer, My Story by Mariano Rivera & Wayne Coffey

Swim With The Sharks Without Getting Eaten Alive by Harvey B. Mackay

Death By Meeting by Patrick Lencioni

Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Francona by Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy

The Carpenter by Jon Gordon

EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey

Wisdom Walks by Dan Britton & Jimmy Page

Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace

Outstanding: 47 Ways To Make Your OrganizationExceptional by 

   John G. Miller 

A Passion To Lead by Jim Calhoun & Richard Ernsberger Jr.

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni

Dream Team by Jack McCallum

Let Me Tell You A Story by John Feinstein & Red Auerbach

Aspire Higher by Avery Johnson & Roy S. Johnson

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

You Win In The Locker Room First by Jon Gordon & Mike Smith